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Media outlets could be Sony hackers’ next target: FBI

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Guardians of Peace, the hacking group linked to the cyber-attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, might have an anonymous news media organization on its target next, claims a new FBI bulletin.

According to an FBI bulletin, dated December 24, 2014, obtained by The Intercept, the threats from the hackers have extended to a “news media organization” — and “may extend to other such organizations in the near future.”

“This Joint Intelligence Bulletin (JIB) is intended to provide information on the late-November 2014 cyber intrusion targeting USPER1 and related threats concerning the planned release of the movie, ‘The Interview.’ Additionally, these threats have extended to USPER2—a news media organization—and may extend to other such organizations in the near future,” the FBI Bulletin reads.

In its bulletin, the FBI has referred to Sony as ‘USPER1’ and to the threatened media organization as ‘USPER2,’ adding that the GOP posted Pastebin messages that specifically taunted the FBI and USPER2 for the quality of their investigations and implied an additional threat.

An FBI spokesperson reportedly confirmed the bulletin with Fox News. He, however, stressed that it does not mean there’s any specific evidence of a threat to any news organization.

“As part of our ongoing public-private partnerships, the FBI and DHS routinely share information with the private sector and law enforcement community,” the official said.

“The FBI and DHS are not aware of any specific credible information indicating a threat to entertainment or news organizations, however, out of an abundance of caution, we will continue to disseminate relevant information observed during the course of our investigations.”

“We take all threats seriously and will continue to disseminate relevant information observed during the course of our investigations, in order to help protect the public against any potential threats,” the spokesman added.